Question: Is there a trend to be seeing full telemetry in hospitals, meaning medical surgical units would be full telemetry? Our hospital is working toward this. Does the AMSN have a stance on this?

Complete Question: Is there a trend to be seeing full telemetry in hospitals, meaning medical surgical units would be full telemetry? Our hospital is working toward this. Does the AMSN have a stance on this?

Answer: Implementation of telemetry on general medical-surgical units is a trend we are seeing across the country. AMSN does not have a position statement on this, nor were we able to find one in our literature search.

AMSN does not have a position statement on this, nor were we able to find one in our literature search.

Our patients are becoming more acutely ill, and many are in need of telemetry monitoring, because of their conditions, co-morbidities, and medications. This trend has led to the need to convert general med-surg beds to telemetry beds.

Many of our member hospitals currently have telemetry capable on all of their medical and surgical units.

This is typical done via remote telemetry, where the rhythms are monitored by a technician in a central monitoring station or with the monitoring station on the unit itself, with a dedicated telemetry tech.

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) publishes guidelines about the use of telemetry in non-critical care units (view resource online).

Performing a literature search using the term “cardiac telemetry monitoring” with PubMed, CINAHL, or Medline will provide you with this information.

(Published 2013)